Putin and the Children

Время публикации: 01.06.2015 20:01 | Последнее обновление: 02.06.2015 12:48

The Russian President greets the participants and guests at "Byelaya Ladya"

Today Sochi saw the start of the final stage of the traditional children's team tournament "Byelaya Ladya" ["White Rook" in English - Ed]. In this 9-round Swiss system event, teams of students of educational institutions aged 14 and younger are competing. Each team consists of four players, including at least one girl. The time control is 60'+ 10'' for the whole game.

The whole cycle of "Byelaya Ladya" is carried out in four stages: at the beginning of the year a competition for educational organizations; in March - municipal schools, in April-May the Russian Federation; and now, from 2 to 8 June in the village of Dagomys, teams will compete for the main prize.

A year ago, Vladimir Putin personally visited the final of "Byelaya Ladya". In addition to formal greetings to the participants, the president spoke separately with Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, and shortly afterwards, the venue of the world championship match Carlsen - Anand was announced.

This time too, the head of state has not remained aloof from the children's competition:

Dear friends!

I am glad to welcome the finalists of the "Byelaya Ladya" schools chess tournament, with its wonderful tradition.

These competitions have a long history and bring together talented young people from many regions of the country. Those who remained committed to the ideals and values ​​of this ancient form of art, persistently seek the heights of excellence, and engage in intense intellectual duels, to find the only true solutions to the most complex tasks.

It is encouraging that the tournament is expanding the geography of participants, confidence is strengthening in its status and this year it becomes international. For the first time our guests from Armenia, Belarus, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan will fight for victory against their counterparts from Russia. And, of course, it is very important that these large-scale competitions contribute to the development of the Russian chess school and the rising popularity of chess, especially among young people.

I wish you all good luck, good results and bright impressions from your stay in Sochi.

Vladimir Putin


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